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Hverfjall, Lake Myvatn
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Hike up Hverfjall for rewarding views of the desert, the lake, and the lava fields below. The crater, created nearly 2,800 years ago during a small but powerful eruption, stands at an elevation of 420 m (1,378 ft) and is one of the largest in the world. Take one of the two designated paths that lead to the rim of the crater: one from the northwest and the other from the south. The climb up is steep, and winds are strong, so bring appropriate footwear, a windbreaker, and hiking poles if you are not an experienced hiker. Note that there are lots of bugs in the area. Plan to visit Hverfjall during your Reykjahlid vacation using our convenient Reykjahlid vacation trip planner.
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  • Definitely worth a hike up and around the Hverfjall crater with spectacular views around Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. We happened to hike up there just before sunset and the views were breath...  more »
  • You will not lose much time visiting this, its a short walk up to the crater. Beautiful views like being on another planet. Toilet at the parking lot. 
  • We climbed to the top of the volcano around 10 p.m. and we were able to attend a magnificent sunset on Lake Myvatn. Ascension is quick and easy. On the other hand, it takes a good hour's walk to get around the crater. This one is very flared. The volcano is visible from afar, despite its modest size and contrast a bit with the rest of the landscape by its conical shape and color dark gray. Very nice view from the Summit, particularly in the direction of the Lake and by clear sky.
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  • Amazing view of North Iceland. Long way up but it won't disappoint you. The crater is enormous, jaw dropping view.
  • I see some other reviews saying to stay away in Summer. I was here in July and it was totally worth the short hike up. The track to drive from the main road to nearby is a little rough so take it slowly. The top of the crater gives great views around, and a satisfying reward for the steep climb. Note that it's quite dusty, and suitable shoes should really be worn.
  • You have to go here. Be on the top is amazing advanture. Nice views. It is possible to go down to the center but I don't know if it legal.
  • Was there in mid june and it was a bit boring. The crater seems to be much more interesting while there is some snow remaining. The view of the surrounding is nice though. Might not be worth climbing up in the summer for everbody.
  • Fairly long hike to the top but well with the hike. It's a ~1 km steep ascend and another ~3 km to walk around the top.